ChemMatters Videos

Episode 12

How NASA Tracks Air Pollution from Space

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Episode 11

Get To Know the Nutrition Facts Label

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Episode 10

Graphene: The Next Wonder Material?

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In the Fog about Smog: Solving the Smog Puzzle
on Earth and from Space

Ozone, Our Global Sunscreen

ChemMatters, April 2013

NASA's Aura satellite can measure air quality across the entire planet in just 24 hours. This episode describes some of Aura's achievements, explains how smog is formed, and discusses the future of Earth's ozone hole.

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The Big Reveal: What’s Behind Nutrition Labels
ChemMatters, December 2012

This episode explains the science behind calories and nutrition facts labels. Find out how scientists first determined the calorie content of food in the 1800s, and how fat, protein and carbohydrate levels on nutrition facts labels are found today.

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Graphene: The Next Wonder Material?
ChemMatters, October 2012

Graphene, a material created from sheets of carbon that are one-atom-thick, has unique properties that could lead to amazing applications, such as a coffee cup that streams the day’s headlines in real time, a cooking pot that can detect the presence of E. coli bacteria, or a television screen that is as flexible and thin as a piece of paper.


Episode 9

Digestion: The Incredible Disassembly Line

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Episode 8

The Taste and Smell of Food

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Episode 7 (Part 1)

The Chemistry of Gross Stuff — Bad Breath

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24 Hours: Your Food on the Move
ChemMatters, February 2012

After you eat, you probably don’t give your food another thought. But the story of what happens to your food after you swallow it is quite fascinating.  

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Mmmm…Flavorful Food
ChemMatters, December 2011

Why do people have different reactions to the same food? The smell of food, its texture, its color, and its temperature also contribute to what is more generally known as the “flavor” of food.

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Demystifying Gross Stuff
ChemMatters, October 2011

People can be uptight about the sounds and odors that come from the human body, but understanding the science behind what may appear gross may make these things a little less gross. In Part 1 of this two-part video, we discuss what causes bad breath.


Episode 7 (Part 2)

The Chemistry of Gross Stuff — Acne

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Episode 6

"Priceless" Painting —  Real or Fake?

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Episode 5

Purifying Polluted Water
 

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Demystifying Gross Stuff
ChemMatters, October 2011

People can be uptight about the sounds and odors that come from the human body, but understanding the science behind what may appear gross may make these things a little less gross. In Part 2 of this two-part video, we explain how acne forms and how to treat it.

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Authentic or Not: Chemistry Solves the Mystery
ChemMatters, April 2011

In this episode, find out about the scientific techniques--many based on chemistry--used to examine paintings at the molecular level and to determine whether they are fake or real.

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Wastewater Recycling
ChemMatters, Feb. 2011 issue

In this episode, we explain how wastewater goes from polluted to pure. To get more acquainted with this process, we visited Washington, D.C.'s Blue Plains Advanced Wastewater Treatment Plant, which treats a whopping 370 million gallons of sewage a day!


Episode 4

How Do Microwaves Work?

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Episode 3

Demystifying Magic Tricks

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Episode 2

Plastics Go Green

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Demystifying Myths
ChemMatters, Dec. 2010

The next time you heat leftovers in your microwave, we can't guarantee you will get a great meal. But if you check out this video, you can find out the physics and chemistry behind how your food is cooked!

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Magic Tricks
ChemMatters, Oct. 2010

In this episode, a high school chemistry teacher and his students explain the unexpected by looking at three “magic” tricks: disappearing ink, candles that cannot be blown out, and an egg that drops into a bottle whose neck is smaller than the size of the egg.

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Bioplastics
ChemMatters, April 2010

This episode highlights the promises of bioplastics—plastics derived from plants, instead of fossil fuels (like most plastics).


Episode 1

Nanotechnology’s Big Impact

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Nanotechnology
ChemMatters, Oct. 2009

Explores the promises of nanotechnology, a field of science and engineering in which devices are made from very small components that are as small as one-millionth of an inch in size.